Transit

Uber stripped of its license in London
News September 22, 2017
The city of London has stripped Uber of its license to operate from the end of September, according to Reuters. The decision will affect more than 40,000 drivers in one of the world’s biggest cities.   Regulator Transport for London (TfL) said Uber’s conduct posed risks to public safety and it...
Hyperloop One
News September 18, 2017
Hyperloop One has revealed 10 potential sites for its first experimental Hyperloop, four of which are in the U.S.   If successful, the company would mark a major step toward revolutionizing transportation with tubes hurling passengers from one city to the next at speeds of up to 670 mph.   After...
Railroad crossing
News September 06, 2017
A proposal to ease rail and traffic congestion by constructing a 261-mile rail line around the Chicago area has been rejected by federal regulators.   Great Lakes Basin Transportation's proposed tri-state rail line, which would have bypassed Chicago's busy terminal and operated through parts of...
I-90 SmartRoad

View of an overhead SmartRoad sign along the Jane Addams Tollway from inside a Pace bus

News September 05, 2017
The Illinois Tollway in partnership with Pace Bus Service activated the new I-90 SmartRoad in the northwest Chicago suburbs that provides real-time traffic and travel information to drivers and allows Pace buses to travel on the inside flex lane during traffic congestion.   On the I-90 Jane Addams...
News September 01, 2017
This month, the Seattle Department of Transportation will be installing protected bike lanes on two of its busiest downtown streets. The lanes will cover six blocks of Pike Street and Pine Street between 2nd Avenue and 8th Avenue.   According to DOT officials, traffic signals in these areas will be...
Hurricane Harvey aftermath in Houston
News August 29, 2017
The catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey and continued rainfall over the past few days has most modes of transportation in Houston and a larger region of the state at a standstill.   State highway conditions consist of road closures because of flooding all along the Texas coastal area...
Rail transit
News August 24, 2017
Declining gas prices and fewer public transportation options are forcing travelers back behind the wheel, according to a new study by DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development, which found: Lower fuel prices and heightened competition from airlines have weakened demand for...
light-rail transit
News August 22, 2017
Sound Transit has picked a joint venture to oversee the construction of two major light-rail extensions in the Seattle area.   The two firms, STV and Mott MacDonald, will work as part of the Northwest Transit Systems Partners (NTSP) joint venture, which Sound Transit's board approved in May. The...
Bus stop demonstration
Article August 16, 2017
A field study performed at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute tested the effectiveness of the “School Bus Stopped Ahead” message.   School buses are frequently touted as the safest way to transport students to and from school. Overall, school buses account for only 2% of all fatal motor vehicle...
Railroad crossing
News August 09, 2017
A $7.5 million federal grant will help restore rail service through northern Mississippi, aided by a $4.3 million state loan and $3.2 million in private money.   The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it's awarding the grant to rehabilitate 90 miles of what was once the...
Railroad crossing
News August 07, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) will award a $7.89 million grant to help fund a railroad bridge repair project in Maine, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) announced yesterday.   The grant is being awarded under the U.S. DOT FASTLANE grant program. The funding will be provided to...
Bus rapid transit
News August 01, 2017
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is writing a new rule aimed at encouraging more private sector investment in public transportation projects.   U.S. DOT’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on Monday that would allow public transit projects...
Railroad safety
News July 31, 2017
At a giant training and research facility in Pueblo, Colo., cutting-edge technology to prevent train crashes and save lives is under development.   According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were almost 11,000 train accidents and incidents last year alone, killing 805 people and...
U.S. Capitol building
News July 26, 2017
A Senate panel has rejected White House efforts to eliminate Obama-era transportation grants.   By voice vote, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on transportation, housing and urban development approved a fiscal 2018 spending bill that includes $550 million for the Transportation Investment...
Light-rail commuter transit
News July 20, 2017
The Purple Line in Washington, D.C., is closer to getting back on track, after a significant ruling Wednesday by a federal appeals court.   A three-judge panel in the D.C. Circuit blocked a lower court’s ruling that effectively kept the Purple Line from moving forward. The emergency stay will...
News July 14, 2017
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the opportunity to apply for approximately $226.5 million in competitive grant funding for transit bus projects nationwide.   The Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Infrastructure Investment Program is authorized by Congress to improve the...
News July 11, 2017
The American Action Forum (AAF) released research late last week that found “Buy America” rules for Federal Transit Administration (FTA) grants could be raising procurement costs in some areas.   By way of example, political site The Hill said that Washington D.C.’s beleaguered Metrorail system...
News July 07, 2017
Building a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River and fixing the existing one could cost nearly $13 billion—a steep increase over an earlier estimate of $7.7 billion, according to a report released on Thursday.   Transit officials are proceeding with planning for the project, which would improve a...
News July 06, 2017
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order last week declaring a state of emergency for the New York City subway system, pledged $1 billion for improvements and moved to make it easier for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to buy badly needed equipment.   Mr. Cuomo ordered Joseph J....
News July 06, 2017
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is looking to add their red transit-only lanes to at least 50 new streets in the region, as newly granted federal approval will now allow the agency’s red lanes to spread to more areas across the city.   A list of “Potential Future Red Lanes...
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